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The Procession of Spirits by Cindiq The Procession of Spirits by Cindiq
Something I did for illustration class. We have to pick a song to get inspired for the illustration, and I picked Spirited Away's "The Procession of Spirits".
In order to honour the original intention of the track, Shinto symbolism is added. The Shinto gate in the distance reminds one of the grandness of the fish migration, and also symbolizes this as a spiritual world, much like the world the music was dedicated to in the movie Spirited Away.

The sea creatures were also given roles. The Whales are Samurai or adventurers because they tend to be adventurous and illusive in the real world. The Dolphin is an honest and eager street merchant. The blowfish are landlords or capitalists, very representative the Osaka region in Japan. They tend to be nervous when threatened, and blow up into a big ball of spike. The yellow fish are normal peasants, since they are rather docile and indifferent. As for the redfish (or fly fish), they are the lower class such as slaves and hard labourers. As they emerge from water they grow wings to continue their hard labour. This type of fish often exists in large quantities, and is always at the bottom of the food chain. Finally the Orcas are depicted as Royals. They are the leading group in the procession, and are carried around by the fly fish. In the natural world Orcas are known to have no prey, so in a sense they are the kings of the ocean.

P.S. The eels are criminals.

I have to say I'm not exactly happy with it. But maybe that's just me. I think I want to scrap this after a few days.
I'm sorry for not updating complete works since forever.
12 hours or so.
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Beautiful use of colors and motion of all that life in the art
Cindiq Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you very much :)
What kind of sorcery is this?! :O
Your symbolism is shallowly deep, as in, readable yet amazing, but that gives appeal to the illustration! :D Awesome work~
Cindiq Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
haha Thank you very much!
I'm sorry for the late reply ;w;, I haven't been active on Deviantart XD
Oh, it's no problem :D
I'm not to active on dA these days either -w-
huggaholic Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Woah, incredible :D
Willowen Jun 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, amazing! There's so much going on in this piece. I love all the colors and how they combine together to make everything pop out.

P.S. I love the mustaches!!!
Shadow8160 Apr 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
why does this remind me of a game?
inkatt Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist
Reminds me of Kokia's Tomoni [link]
Syrazel Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this is an excellent piece of work. I love Spirited Away and the soundtrack especially, and I think you've captured what you've set out to do. Of course, artists will be their own worst critics :) I think the portrayal of the animal's roles personified was done particularilly well.

If you do decide to scrap it (I hope not), what would you do then? Would you re-do it? What would you do different?
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